CAPE CORAL, Fla. -A group of volunteers dedicated to cleaning foreclosed Cape Coral properties is in jeopardy of disbanding. Take Pride in the Cape has saved thousands of taxpayer dollars. The group's leader has retired, and is looking for someone to fill his shoes.
"We've done 1000 homes, these people have been great." Since 2009, Ray Nicholson, has been the leader of Take Pride in the Cape. But now because of health reasons, Ray is moving on. He's asking for someone to step up and take charge or the group could fall apart.
"I like to think our small part mattered...and now its all in jeopardy," he said. Every weekend, Take Pride in the Cape volunteers cut the grass, and clean up abandoned cape coral properties. But they need new direction.
They don't just cut the grass, they cut the cost. It's estimated that Take Pride in the Cape has saved the city more than a million dollars.
"This volunteer group had an awful lot to do with our ability, in the city to maintain our quality of life," said Code Enforcement officer Frank Cassidy.
The new leader would have to dedicate about 20 hours every week, and be willing to work with code enforcement.
Nicholson hopes someone steps up soon so the group can continue to make a difference.
The group usually cleans up at least one property every weekend, but that's been put on hold until January. That's when the group will meet with the city and figure out if it can move on.
If you are interested in learning more, and possibly, becoming a leader, contact Frank Cassidy at (239) 574-0684.